​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Working long hours? Planning a day trip or holiday? Need help with general care?
Or maybe you know someone who could do with our help?

Your friend is ours too, whatever breed or size we can help. Harvey's Hounds is fully insured and licenced with years of  experience and qualifications. We can offer a safe enjoyable environment to stimulate all of your furry friends needs, with full 
dog first aid training and DBS checked, we can promise you a safe environment for any length of time.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
1-1 Training 
We offer 1-1 training in the comfort of your home or location of your choice. Our 60 minutes session includes the following:

·         Meet you and your dog – familiarisation and calming, the calmer your dog the better
·         Observe the behavior – watch the behavior with you, your family and your pooch
·         Understand – discuss the behavior with you and the desired outcome
·         Practical – work with you and your dog to get the desired outcome 
·         Summary – review strategies, milestones and set personal goals / follow up.
·         Follow up - we will send you the summary via email plus any other reference material that have been discussed.

We aim to  equip you with the knowledge and confidence to continue your development individually as a family and not require ongoing support. However we will always be available for help and support to ensure you achieve the results you are looking for.

Training should be FUN for both of you

Training will exercise your dogs brain

Training positively will build a great relationship between you and your dog

Training should be based on POSITIVE rewards, NEVER punish your dog –  this will cause him to be frightened of you

SHOW your dog what you are trying to teach him – NEVER physically force him

Be patient and keep commands consistent

Don’t let your dog get bored, keep training sessions short

Never ‘train’ in a busy area, only begin to build up the distractions gradually once he knows the commands really well

Positive rewards

In order to be effective and to gain the best results, all training should be based around positive rewards. Positive reward training works because if you reward your dog with something he wants as soon as he does what you ask, he is far more likely to do it again. Rewards can be anything that your dog or puppy really wants and could include; food treats, a favorite toy, playing a certain game or getting a pat. However, really tasty treats will usually work best – try small pieces of dried liver, hotdog sausage, chicken or cheese for maximum effect. If you are using food treats, you will need to reduce the size of your dog's normal meals or use his whole meal divided up into smaller portions, to prevent your dog putting on weight. Always combine the giving of a reward with verbal praise such as "Good dog". When teaching a new command, you will need to reward your dog every time that he does what you ask correctly. Once he has the hang of the command, however, it’s a good idea to change the way you reward by only giving the reward every now and then, because this will make your dog try harder for it. Always verbally praise your dog each time, even if he is not being rewarded with a treat.

Why punishment doesn't work

Punishment should never be used in training. If you punish your dog, it will only teach him to be scared of you and may eventually teach him to be aggressive. He will mistrust you and your relationship may break down completely. Avoid punishment in training (and everyday life) by trying the following – it’ll be far more effective and could improve your relationship with your dog: Reward all wanted behavior – so that your dog is likely to repeat it in the future. Ignore unwanted behavior – so that your dog is less likely to repeat it. Avoid triggering the unwanted behavior – avoidance prevents the unwanted behavior from happening in the first place! Where unwanted behavior cannot be ignored or avoided, train an alternative, acceptable behavior for your dog to perform instead. It is much easier to train a dog to do something else that you don’t mind, than to train him to completely stop something that you do not like. For example, if your dog jumps up at people, teach him a really good ‘sit’ command and ask for this when meeting others. If he is rewarded with treats and attention every time he sits, he’ll soon automatically be doing this when he meets people, instead of jumping up!